A 16-year-old boy had a cardiac arrest while playing PUBG Mobile for 6 hours at a stretch in Madhya Pradesh and died because of it, according to his father. The deceased has been identified as Furkan Qureshi, who was a student in Class 12. The incident happened on May 28 when the boy, along with his family had visited Neemuch to attend a wedding. Otherwise, the family is settled in Nasirabad in Rajasthan, revealed the deceased’s father Haroon Rasheed Qureshi.
According to the Police, they have not launched a probe on death yet as they have not been informed about it by the family of the deceased. Speaking to PTI, Qureshi said that before the boy became unresponsive while playing PUBG Mobile on his smartphone, he shouted: “blast it, blast it.”
He further said, “He was a very active lad. My son was so engrossed in PUBG game that he played it from Sunday evening to early hours of Monday. He slept for a few hours and after getting up had his breakfast and then played the game for six hours at a stretch.”
Qureshi also said, “Furkan shouted ‘blast it, blast it’ after his character in the game lost a battle.” The family immediately took the boy to the hospital after he became unresponsive while playing PUBG Mobile. However, he could not be saved there.
Speaking about the matter, cardiologist Ashok Jain said, “I examined him at my nursing home. He was unresponsive. His heartbeat had stopped. I tried my best but he was brought dead.”
According to another cardiologist, Vipul Garg, said that nowadays, children get so involved in playing games on the smartphones their emotions run very high due to the thrill and excitement. With all of this, they become vulnerable to heart failure. He also added that children should be kept away from mobile games like these.
Kotwali police station inspector Ajay Sarwan has said that they have not been informed that the boy’s death happened because of a mobile game and hence, they are not probing it.
We should mention that PUBG Mobile has repeatedly been facing flak for being too addictive and violent. Scores of users around the world are addicted to the game and spend hours every single day while playing the game. The game has also been banned in Gujarat on the ground that it leads to violent behaviour among the youth.
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